The Fat Man: Thirty-Two Friends of Gina Lardelli
A beautiful wayward young woman (Rita Moreno) has apparently committed suicide, however thirty-two friends engage the services of Detective Lucius Crane (Robert Middleton) to prove it was murder and ensure her a proper Catholic burial.
Run time 58 minutes 48 secondsAudio/Visual sound, color
Unaired Pilot from 1958 or 59.
September 30, 2012
Fun and funny
Character actor Robert Middleton is entertaining in this well-produced if a little cliched pilot written by the team who would go on to create Columbo. The fat references sprinkled throughout the dialogue are funny for seeming a bit forced at times.
August 15, 2012
Thanks for bringing this to us!
Wonder why the pilot didn't get taken up? This was way above the quality of any detective series; equal to specials like Playhouse 90.
There were a few dubious spots in the writing, like the overly literary harpsichord and Shakespeare stuff, and confusingly similar names for characters. (Martell, Lardelli, Caviolli, Marcel) But those couldn't have been cause to reject the whole thing.